Schulten new boss at MVV: Core competence remains energy distribution

Mannheim (dpa / lsw) – The future CEO of the Mannheim energy supplier MVV, Rudolf Schulten, wants to stick to the previous strategy of the company. The MVV Energie AG will continue to set “very clearly” on the core competence of energy distribution, said the 47-year-old on Friday in Mannheim. “That’s where we make the money.”

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The CFO of the Berlin-based Bewag AG was unanimously appointed by the MVV Supervisory Board on Thursday as the new CEO. He succeeds Roland Hartung on 1 October, who is retiring at the age of 67 on grounds of age. SDV-listed MVV Energie AG is the fifth-largest German electricity supplier. Sales in 2001/02 (30 September) amounted to almost 1.7 billion euros.

The chairman of the MVV Supervisory Board, Mannheim Mayor Gerhard Widder (SPD), praised Schulten as a “decidedly strategic-minded person”. His choice was a good decision. “We’re going into even more difficult times,” said Widder. Reason is an individual judgment of the antitrust authority on the amount of fees for the use of networks. If this provision were to be implemented nationwide, grid owners such as the MVV would have to face losses of 15 to 20 percent. “That’s dramatic,” said Aries.

Aries intends to propose to the Supervisory Board to found a board of management for marketing and sales. This fourth department is to be filled by the CEO of Energieversorgung Offenbach, Karl-Heinz Trautmann.

Schulten said he would continue to seek the acquisition of municipal utilities as distributors of electricity and gas. In this function customer proximity and friendliness are particularly important. “That must be our strength, then we are not vulnerable.” The manager, born in Göttingen, grew up in Lützelsachsen on the Bergstrasse and in Aachen and studied business administration in Cologne. He is married to a Frenchwoman and has three children. Among other things, he worked for Ruhrgas AG and the gas utility Gasag in Berlin. In 2002, he was appointed a member of the management board of the Vattenfall Europe subsidiary Bewag.

 

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